The Middle Years With Crystal Shank Arzu
I am honored to introduce Crystal Shank Arzu and her upcoming feature in the soon to be released Amazing Moms book.
I am a mom of a 17-year-old daughter and a Payment Variance Analyst Supervisor for a large Healthcare Management Company. I’m also a blogger at The Middle Years Journey. One day, after watching old episodes of Roseanne, my daughter turned to me and said: “She reminds me of you and the things you say!”
As my daughter is embarking on her own journey, I felt it was time for me to begin mine.
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I am excited to embark on the journey of rediscovering myself, and learning more about who I am.
I’m an avid reader. I also love karaoke and attending paint night parties with friends. Love and Laughter are my mottos, and I have an uncanny ability to make people laugh.
What I do well as a mom.
I’m good at being a cheerleader for my daughter. I also allow her the freedom to make choices and support her personal decisions. I am also very honest. As my daughter gets older, I want her to know exactly what I think and feel. I do not sugar coat situations. I feel doing so, is a disservice to both of us.
What I learned from another mom.
Be your child’s parent and not a best friend.
Lesson learned from my child.
Never give up. No matter what adversity my daughter has experienced, she uses these as life lessons, picks herself up, with even more determination. My Daughter has achieved more in 17 years than I have in 43. In fact, she was instrumental in my plans to create my blog.
She told me “Mom, you can do this, if this is your dream, do it! I’m proud of you.”
That was the extra motivation I needed.
Successful motherhood moment.
My Daughter and I had a heart to heart talk one day about life and things that I went through growing up. There were tears, and I shared things that she never knew. Later on that day, unbeknownst to me, she posted on her Twitter page
My Mother is a strong woman and I love her for that.
Mom I admire.
My Mother. I was adopted at 3 months old. She has always loved me as if I came from her. To this day, we have a bond that is unexplainable. My Mother is the most giving, caring, and selfless person that I know. I tell her, I can only hope to be the same type of Mother that she was, but most importantly I strive to be the same type of person she is. She provided me with a great example of how to be an Amazing Mom.
It has been a pleasure to get to know the moms and dads in our upcoming book series about the lessons that we can learn from other parents.
What is your best parenting lesson or a success you have had as a parent?
Please let me know in the comments below.
To learn more about Crystal visit her on her blog at The Middle Years Journey.
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